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Siobhan McHugh is a documentary-maker, oral historian and writer whose work has won prestigious awards including the NSW Premier’s Prize for non-fiction and a gold medal at the New York Radio Festival.
Her social histories of the Snowy Mountains Scheme (‘The Snowy – The People Behind the Power’) and Australian women’s role in the Vietnam War (‘Minefields and Miniskirts’) began life as audio interviews, crafted into radio documentary. Siobhan’s passion is the affective power of audio storytelling. She has made over 60 radio documentaries for ABC, RTE and SBS, and was keynote speaker at the International Radio Festival, Iran (2010). She is founding editor of the first scholarly journal of radio documentary studies, RadioDoc Review, and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong.Her latest documentary, ‘Eat Pray Mourn’ (ABC, 2013) is a collaboration with an anthropologist that explores themes of violence, power and magical thinking in contemporary Indonesia.
Siobhan was a consulting producer on the Age‘s true crime podcast series, Phoebe’s Fall.